EC has been very busy pretending to be firefighters and learning about fire safety. We practiced calling 9-1-1 and STOP DROP AND ROLL. Miss Graf’s class made fire with tissue paper. Mrs. Steinmeier’s class made fire pictures with shaving cream. The kitchen area was transformed into a house on fire while the block area was filled with fire trucks.
We are also learning to recognize our first names and spell them. The PM classes are working on letters A,B,C,D. Our first field trip to Goeberrt’s Pumpkin Farm was a success and a little wet. Each class received a giant pumpkin! We will soon be opening our pumpkins to scoop and count the seeds. Next month is all about Fall, leaves, and being thankful on Thanksgiving.
We have been having so much fun using our 5 senses to observe the changes that Fall brings. We have been learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin and using descriptive language. In math, we just finished up our unit on the numbers 0-10 and are beginning to learn about addition and different tools that will help us add. Keep practicing the numbers 0-10 and matching quantities to numerals. We have had so much fun reading books about our favorite characters. This past month we worked on identifying the characters, the setting and retelling stories. Continue to work on this with us at home when you are reading your “favorite” books. The best things that you can practice with your kindergartners at home are sight words, the sounds that letters make and recognizing numbers 0-10 and the 5 basic shapes. Thanks for all your support at home.
First grade students used their problem skills and persevered to open their fire safety “Break Out Boxes”. They were excited to work in teams and earned an extra recess!
Second graders have been learning about the oceans, continents, and landforms. Students made pumpkin globes to represent our Earth. Students researched a landform and created a digital slideshow. Some second graders even demonstrated their knowledge of their landform in the form of a song.
ELL & Reading Resource
This year, students will read a variety of stories, including fairy tales and fables. Fairy tales are stories that can take place in a distant or make-believe land. They can feature imaginary characters such as dragons, fairies or giants. The problem in the story is solved at the end and it has a happy ending. Fairy tales may also include magical elements such as magic beans or enchanted castles. Some examples include: Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. Fables are stories that provide a lesson or moral at the end. They often include talking animals. Some examples include: The Hare and the Tortoise and The Lion and the Mouse. When reading the stories, students will determine the central message and be able to describe how characters react to events in the story.